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Annual 47 C.F.R. § 64.

2009(e) CPNI Certification
EB Docket 06-36

Annual 64.2009(e) CPNI Certification for 2013
Date filed: 02/06/2015
Name of company covered by this certification: Crown Point Telephone Corporation
Form 499 Filer ID: 807714
Name of signatory: Shana Macey
Title of signatory: President
I, Shana Macey, certify that I am an officer of the company named above, and acting as an agent
of the company, that I have personal knowledge that the company has established operating procedures
that are adequate to ensure compliance with the Commission’s CPNI rules. See 47 C.F.R. § 64.2001 et
seq.
Attached to this certification is an accompanying statement explaining how the company’s
procedures ensure that the company is in compliance with the requirements set forth in section 64.2001 et
seq. of the Commission’s rules.
The company has not taken any actions (proceedings instituted or petitions filed by a company at
either state commissions, the court system, or at the Commission against data brokers) against data
brokers in the past year. Companies must report on any information that they have with respect to the
processes pretexters are using to attempt to access CPNI , and what steps companies are taking to protect
CPNI.
The company has not received any customer complaints in the past year concerning the unauthorized
release of CPNI (number of customer complaints a company has received related to unauthorized access
to CPNI, or unauthorized disclosure of CPNI, broken down by category or complaint, e.g., instances of
improper access by employees, instances of improper disclosure to individuals not authorized to receive
the information, or instances of improper access to online information by individuals not authorized to
view the information).
Signed ___Shana Macey___

Crown Point Telephone Corporation
STATEMENT OF COMPANY POLICY
When referred to in the guidelines set forth below, "Company,"
"we," or "us" refers to and includes all employees, associates, and
agents of Crown Point Telephone Corporation.
Crown Point Telephone Corporation (the "Company") has a duty to
protect the confidential, Customer Proprietary Network Information ("CPNI")
of our customers, other telecommunications carriers, and equipment
manufacturers. Therefore, the following guidelines shall be followed by all
employees and agents of the Company:

CPNI is any information that relates to the quantity, technical
configuration, type, destination, location, and amount of use of a
telecommunications service subscribed to by any customer of a
telecommunications carrier, and that is made available to the carrier by the
customer solely by virtue of the carrier-customer relationship. CPNI also
includes information contained in the bills pertaining to the telephone
exchange service or telephone toll service received by a customer of a
carrier.
1. Proprietary information of our customers, other telecommunications
carriers, and equipment manufacturers is protected by Federal law.
2. CPNI which the Company obtains from another carrier for the purpose
of providing a particular telecommunications service may be used only
for the provision of that service, and may not be used for any
otherwise unrelated marketing efforts.
3. Individually identifiable CPNI that we obtain by providing a
telecommunications service may be used, disclosed, or released only
in the circumstances as set forth in the Company’s CPNI Operating
Guidelines.
The release of any CPNI by sales personnel must be authorized by a
supervisor.
The Company takes seriously the protection of our customers’ CPNI,
and in accordance with 47 C.F.R. § 64.2009 will be subject to
disciplinary review for violation of the policies set forth above.

Please contact your supervisor if you have any questions or require
additional information.

Crown Point Telephone Corporation
Operating Guidelines Relating to Customer Proprietary Network Information

I.

Introduction.

These Operating Guidelines relating to Customer Proprietary Network Information (“CPNI”) are intended
to ensure the compliance by Crown Point Telephone Corporation (the “Company”) with the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and related regulations regarding CPNI that have been
adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). Accordingly, from time to time, these
guidelines may change based on changes in the governing law or FCC regulations.
CPNI, according to federal law, is (a) information that relates to the quantity, technical configuration, type,
destination, location, and amount of use of a telecommunications service subscribed to by any
customer of the Company, and that is made available to the Company by the customer solely
by virtue of the Company-customer relationship; and (b) information contained in the bills
pertaining to telephone exchange service or telephone toll service received by a customer of
the Company. This type of information includes personal information such as: the telephone
numbers called by a customer; the length of phone calls; and services purchased by a
customer, such as call waiting.
Federal law also contemplates data referred to as “customer information” and “subscriber list
information.” These types of data do not involve personal, individually-identifiable information.
Aggregate customer information is data that relates to a group or category of customers from
which individual customer identities and characteristics have been removed; subscriber list
information is data such as subscriber names, addresses, and telephone numbers. The
Company’s Operating Guidelines address only federal regulations that are applicable to CPNI.
In accordance with federal law, the Company may use, disclose, or permit access to CPNI in its provision
of (a) the telecommunications service from which such information is derived, or (b) services
necessary to, or used in the provision of that telecommunications service, including the
publication of telephone directories.
The Company may obtain approval from the customer to access and use that customer’s CPNI through
either “Opt-out” or “Opt-in” methods. The Company may, subject to opt-out approval or opt-in
approval, use its customer’s individually identifiable CPNI for the purpose of marketing
communications-related services to that customer. The Company may, subject to opt-out
approval or opt-in approval, disclose its customer’s individually identifiable CPNI, for the
purpose of marketing communications-related services to that customer, to its agents and its
affiliates that provide communications-related services. The Company may also permit such

persons or entities to obtain access to such CPNI for such purposes. Except for use and
disclosure of CPNI that is permitted without customer approval under Section II.C, below, or
that is described in this paragraph, or as otherwise provided in section 222 of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, the Company may only use, disclose, or permit
access to its customer’s individually identifiable CPNI subject to opt-in approval. The “Opt-in”
and “Opt-out” methods are described below in Sections IV.D and IV.E.
II.

Limitations on Company Use of CPNI.

It is the general policy of the Company to not use CPNI. If, however, CPNI is used, then the use of CPNI
by the Company will be only in accordance with the following guidelines.

A.

Scope of Use

The Company may use, disclose, or permit access to CPNI for the purpose of providing or
marketing service offerings among the categories of service (i.e., local, interexchange, and
CMRS) to which our customer already subscribes without customer approval.
If a customer subscribes to more than one category of service offered by our Company, then the
Company may share CPNI among our affiliated entities that provide a service offering to the
customer.
If a customer does not subscribe to more than one offering of our Company, then the Company
will not share that customer’s CPNI with its affiliates, except in accordance with the Opt-out and
Opt-in procedures described below (Sections IV.D and IV.E, below).
B.

Permitted and Non-Permitted Use of CPNI by the Company

The Company will not use, disclose, or permit access to CPNI to market to a customer service
offerings that are within a category of service to which the subscriber does not already subscribe
from our Company, unless the Company has obtained the customer’s approval to do so. The
Company may use CPNI without customer consent only in accordance with Section II.C, below.
The Company does not use, disclose or permit access to CPNI to identify or track customers that
call competing service providers. For example, customer service representatives and other
Company personnel may not use local service CPNI to track all customers that call local service
competitors.
C.

Use of CPNI without Customer Approval

The Company may use, disclose, or permit access to CPNI, without customer approval, only as
described below.
If the Company provides Commercial Mobile Radio Service (“CMRS”), then the Company may
use, disclose, or permit access to CPNI derived from its provision of CMRS, and may do so
without customer approval for the provision of Customer Premises Equipment (“CPE”) and
information service(s).
Similarly, the Company may use, disclose or permit access to CPNI derived from its provision of
local exchange service and may do so without customer approval for the provision of CPE and

call answering, voice mail or messaging, voice storage and retrieval services, fax store and
forward, and protocol conversion.
Finally, if the Company provides interexchange services (typically referred to as “long distance”
service), the Company may use, disclose or permit access to CPNI derived from its provision of
interexchange service and may do so without customer approval for the provision of CPE and call
answering, voice mail or messaging, voice storage and retrieval services, fax store and forward,
and protocol conversion.
The Company may use, disclose, or permit access to CPNI, without customer approval, in its
provision of inside wiring installation, maintenance, and repair services.
Where applicable, the Company may use, disclose, or permit access to the CPNI of its CMRS
customers for the purpose of conducting research on the health effects of CMRS.
The Company may use CPNI, without customer approval, to market services formerly known as
adjunct-to-basic services, such as, but not limited to, speed dialing, computer-provided directory
assistance, call monitoring, call tracing, call blocking, call return, repeat dialing, call tracking, call
waiting, caller I.D., call forwarding, and certain Centrex features.
The Company may use, disclose, or permit access to CPNI to protect the rights or property of the
Company, or to protect users of those services and other carriers from fraudulent, abusive, or
unlawful use of, or subscription to, such services.
III.

Approval Required for Use of CPNI.
A.

General Policies Regarding Customer Approvals to Use CPNI

The Company may obtain a customer’s approval to use CPNI through written, oral or electronic
methods.
If the Company relies upon a customer’s oral approval, then the Company will bear the burden of
demonstrating that such approval was given in compliance with applicable FCC rules.
The customer’s approval or disapproval to use, disclose, or permit access to that customer's
CPNI shall remain in effect until the customer revokes or limits such approval or disapproval.
The Company will maintain records of approval, whether oral, written or electronic, for at least
one year.
B.

Use of CPNI Where Customer Approval is Received

The Company may use either “Opt-out” or “Opt-In” approval processes as provided for in
applicable FCC regulations in order to use a customer’s CPNI. These approval processes are
described in Sections IV.D and IV.E, below,
Where approval for the use of CPNI is received by the Company from the customer, the
Company may use a customer's individually identifiable CPNI for the purpose of marketing
communications-related services to that customer. Likewise, where this approval is received, the
Company may also disclose a customer's individually identifiable CPNI for the purpose of
marketing communications-related services to that customer, to its agents, and to its affiliates that
provide communications-related services. Further, where approval has been received by the
customer of the use by the Company of his/her CPNI, the Company may also permit such

persons or entities to obtain access to such CPNI for such purposes. Except for use and
disclosure of CPNI that is permitted without customer approval as described in Section II, above,
or via an Opt-in or Opt-out authorization described in Sections IV.D. and IV.E, below, the
Company may only use, disclose, or permit access to its customers’ individually identifiable CPNI
subject to Opt-in approval.
IV.

Notice Required for Use of CPNI.
A.

General Requirement

The Company shall provide notification to the customer of the customer's right to restrict use of,
disclosure of, and access to that customer's CPNI prior to any solicitation for customer approval.
The Company will maintain records of notification, whether oral, written or electronic, for at least
one year.
B.

Individual Notice Under Certain Circumstances

The Company shall provide individual notice to customers when soliciting approval to use,
disclose, or permit access to customers' CPNI.
C.

Elements that shall be Included in any Customer Notice (Opt In and Opt Out)

The customer notification shall provide sufficient information to enable the customer to make an
informed decision as to whether to permit the Company to use, disclose, or permit access to, the
customer's CPNI. The Company’s notification will comply with the following:
1.

The notification shall state that the customer has a right, and the Company has a
duty, under federal law, to protect the confidentiality of CPNI.

2.

The notification shall specify the types of information that constitute CPNI and the
specific entities that will receive the CPNI, describe the purposes for which CPNI
will be used, and inform the customer of his or her right to disapprove those
uses, and deny or withdraw access to CPNI at any time.

3.

The notification shall advise the customer of the precise steps the customer must
take in order to grant or deny access to CPNI, and must state clearly that a
denial of approval will not affect the provision of any services to which the
customer subscribes. However, the Company may provide a brief statement, in
clear and neutral language, describing consequences directly resulting from the
lack of access to CPNI, i.e., that the Company may be unable to market to the
customer products and services tailored to the customer's needs.

4.

The notification shall be comprehensible and shall not be misleading.

5.

If written notification is provided, then the notice shall be clearly legible, use
sufficiently large type, and be placed in an area so as to be readily apparent to a
customer.

6.

If any portion of a notification is translated into another language, then all
portions of the notification shall be translated into that language.

D.

7.

The Company may state in the notification that the customer's approval to use
CPNI may enhance the Company’s ability to offer products and services tailored
to the customer's needs. The Company also may state in the notification that it
may be compelled to disclose CPNI to any person upon affirmative written
request by the customer.

8.

The Company shall not include in the notification any statement attempting to
encourage a customer to freeze third-party access to CPNI.

9.

The notification shall state that any approval or denial of approval for the use of
CPNI outside of the service to which the customer already subscribes from the
Company is valid until the customer affirmatively revokes or limits such approval
or denial.

10.

The Company’s solicitation for approval must be proximate to the notification of a
customer's CPNI rights.

Opt-out Approval

“Opt-out approval” is a method for obtaining customer consent to use, disclose, or permit access
to the customer's CPNI. Under this approval method, a customer is deemed to have consented
to the use, disclosure, or access to the customer's CPNI if the customer has failed to object to the
Company’s use of the customer’s CPNI after the customer is provided appropriate notification of
the Company's request for consent that is provided in a manner consistent with the applicable
federal rules and these Operating Guidelines.
The Company may provide a customer notification to obtain her/his Opt-out approval through
electronic or written methods. Except as provided in Section IV.F, the Company will provide
notification to obtain opt-out approval through electronic or written methods, but not by oral
communication.
The contents of any such notification shall comply with the standards described in Section IV.C,
above. The Company may use Opt-out approval to obtain a customer’s consent to share CPNI
among the Company’s affiliates.
Where the Company elects to use the Opt-out approval process, the Company shall wait 30-days
(or in its discretion a longer period of time) after giving customers such notice and an opportunity
to Opt-out before assuming customer approval to use, disclose, or permit access to CPNI. In all
events, the Company shall notify customers as to the applicable waiting period for a response
before approval is assumed.
If the Company uses an electronic form of notification, then the waiting period shall begin to run
from the date on which the notification was sent
If the Company sends notification by mail, then the waiting period shall begin to run on the third
day following the date that the notification was mailed.
If the Company uses Opt-out notification, then the Company will provide notices to its customers
every two years.
If the Company uses e-mail to provide Opt-out notices, then it will comply with the following
federal requirements, in addition to the requirements generally applicable to notification:

E.

1.

The Company will obtain express, verifiable, prior approval from consumers to
send notices via e-mail regarding their service in general, or CPNI in particular;

2.

The Company will allow customers to reply directly to e-mails containing CPNI
notices in order to Opt-out;

3.

If an Opt-out e-mail notice is returned to the Company as undeliverable, then it
will be sent to the customer in another form before the Company will consider the
customer to have received notice;

4.

The Company will ensure that the subject line of e-mail messages containing
CPNI notices will identify clearly and accurately the subject matter of the e-mail;
and

5.

The Company will make available to every customer a method to Opt-out that is
of no additional cost to the customer and that is available 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. The Company may satisfy this requirement through a combination
of methods, so long as all customers have the ability to Opt-out at no cost and
are able to effectuate that choice whenever they choose.

Opt-in Approval

“Opt-in approval” is a method for obtaining customer consent to use, disclose, or permit access to
the customer's CPNI. This approval method requires that the Company obtain from the customer
affirmative, express consent allowing the requested CPNI usage, disclosure, or access after the
customer is provided appropriate notification of the Company’s request consistent with applicable
Federal regulations as reflected in these Operating Guidelines. The Company may provide
notification to obtain Opt-in approval through oral, written, or electronic methods. The contents of
any such notification must comply with the standards of Section IV.C, above.
F.

One-Time Use of CPNI

The Company may use oral notice to obtain limited, one-time use of CPNI for inbound and
outbound customer telephone contacts for the duration of the call, regardless of whether the
Company uses Opt-out or Opt-in approval based on the nature of the contact.
The contents of any such notification must comply with the requirements of Section IV.C, above,
except that the Company may omit any of the following notice provisions if not relevant to the
limited use for which the Company seeks CPNI:
1.

The Company need not advise customers that if they have opted-out previously,
no action is needed to maintain the Opt-out election;

2.

If the Company’s limited CPNI usage will not result in use by, or disclosure to, an
affiliate or third party, then the Company need not advise customers that the
Company may share their CPNI with the Company’s affiliates or third parties and
need not name those entities,

3.

The Company need not disclose the means by which a customer can deny or
withdraw future access to CPNI, but the Company must then explain to
customers that the scope of the approval the Company seeks is limited to onetime use; and

4.

V.

If the Company communicates clearly that the customer can deny access to his
CPNI for the call, then the Company may omit disclosure of the precise steps a
customer must take in order to grant or deny access to CPNI.

Company Safeguards for Use of CPNI.
A.

Approval System

The Company shall implement a system by which the status of a customer's CPNI approval can
be clearly established prior to the use of that customer’s CPNI.
B.

Training

The Company shall train its personnel as to when they are and are not authorized to use CPNI,
and the Company shall have an express disciplinary process in place for non-compliance with the
Company’s safeguards for use of CPNI.
C.

CPNI Coordinator

The Company shall appoint a CPNI Coordinator who will supervise implementation and
adherence to these Operating Guidelines.
D.

Records

The Company shall maintain a record, electronically or in some other manner, of its own and its
affiliates' sales and marketing campaigns that use its customers' CPNI. The Company shall
maintain a record of all instances where CPNI was disclosed or provided to third parties, or where
third parties were allowed access to CPNI. This record shall include a description of each
campaign, the specific CPNI that was used in the campaign, and what products and services
were offered as a part of the campaign. The Company shall retain the record for a minimum of
one year.
E.

Supervision of Compliance

The Company shall establish a supervisory review process regarding its compliance with federal
regulations regarding outbound marketing situations and maintain records of its compliance for at
least one year. Sales personnel shall obtain supervisory approval of any proposed outbound
marketing request for customer approval.
F.

Compliance Certification

An officer, as an agent of the Company, shall sign a compliance certificate on an annual basis
stating that the officer has personal knowledge that the Company has established operating
procedures that are adequate to ensure compliance with federal CPNI regulations. The
Company shall include with the certification a statement explaining how the Company’s operating
procedures ensure that it is or is not in compliance with the rules in this subpart. Additionally, the
Company shall include with its certification an explanation of any actions taken against data
brokers and a summary of all customer complaints received in the past year concerning the
unauthorized release of CPNI. The Company shall make this filing annually with the Enforcement
Bureau of the FCC on or before March 1 in EB Docket No. 06–36, for data pertaining to the
previous calendar year.
G.

Notice of Non-Compliance

The Company shall provide to the FCC written notice within five business days of any instance
where the Opt-out mechanisms do not work properly, to such a degree that consumers' inability to
Opt-out is more than an anomaly. The notice shall be in the form of a letter, and will include the
Company’s name, a description of the Opt-out mechanism(s) used, the problem(s) experienced,
the remedy proposed and when the Company will/did implement it, whether the relevant state
commission(s) has been notified and whether it has taken any action, a copy of the notice
provided to customers, and contact information. The Company shall provide such notice even if
the Company offers other methods by which consumers may Opt-out, and only one of those
methods was affected.
VI.

Company Safeguards on the Disclosure of CPNI
A.

Safeguarding CPNI

The Company shall take reasonable measures to discover and protect against attempts to gain
unauthorized access to CPNI. The Company shall properly authenticate a customer prior to
disclosing CPNI based on customer-initiated telephone contact, online account access, or an instore visit.
1.

Telephone access to CPNI

The Company may only disclose call detail information over the telephone, based on
customer-initiated telephone contact, if the customer first provides the carrier with a
password, as described in paragraph VI.B, below, that is not prompted by the carrier
asking for readily available biographical information, or account information. If the
customer does not provide a password, the Company may only disclose call detail
information by sending it to the customer's address of record, or by calling the customer
at the telephone number of record. If the customer is able to provide call detail
information to the Company during a customer-initiated call without the Company's
assistance, then the Company may discuss the call detail information provided by the
customer.
2.

In-store access to CPNI

The Company may disclose CPNI to a customer who, at the Company's retail location,
first presents to the Company or its agent a valid photo ID matching the customer's
account information.
B.

Establishment of a Password and Back-up Authentication Methods for Lost or
Forgotten Passwords

To establish a password, the Company shall authenticate the customer without the use of readily
available biographical information, or account information. The Company may create a back-up
customer authentication method in the event of a lost or forgotten password, but the Company’s
back-up customer authentication method shall not prompt the customer for readily available
biographical information, or account information. If a customer cannot provide the correct
password or the correct response for the back-up customer authentication method, the customer
must establish a new password as described in this paragraph.
C.

Notification of account changes

The Company shall notify customers immediately whenever a password, customer response to a
back-up means of authentication for lost or forgotten passwords, online account, or address of

record is created or changed. This notification is not required when the customer initiates service,
including the selection of a password at service initiation. This notification may be through a
Company-originated voicemail or text message to the telephone number of record, or by mail to
the address of record, and must not reveal the changed information or be sent to the new account
information.
D.

Business customer exemption

The Company may bind itself contractually to authentication regimes other than those described
in this Section VI for services it provides to its business customers that have both a dedicated
account representative and a contract that specifically addresses the Company’s protection of
CPNI.

E.

Definitions

The following definitions of certain terms used in this Section VI shall govern the implementation
and interpretation of the requirements of this Section VI.
Account information
“Account information” shall mean that information that is specifically connected to the
customer’s service relationship with the carrier, including such things as an account
number or any component thereof, the telephone number associated with the account, or
the bill’s amount.
Address of record
An “address of record,” whether postal or electronic, shall mean an address that the
Company has associated with the customer’s account for at least 30 days.
Call detail information
“Call detail information” shall mean any information that pertains to the transmission of
specific telephone calls, including, for outbound calls, the number called, and the time,
location, or duration of any call and, for inbound calls, the number from which the call was
placed, and the time, location, or duration of any call.
Readily available biographical information
“Readily available biographical information” shall mean information drawn from the
customer’s life history and includes such things as the customer’s social security number,
or the last four digits of that number; mother’s maiden name; home address; or date of
birth.
Telephone number of record
A “telephone number of record” shall mean the telephone number associated with the
underlying service, not the telephone number supplied as a customer’s “contact
information.”

Valid photo ID
A “valid photo ID” shall mean a government-issued means of personal identification with
a photograph such as a driver’s license, passport, or comparable ID that is not expired.
VII. Notification of CPNI Security Breaches
A.

Notification to Law Enforcement

The Company shall notify law enforcement of a breach of its customers' CPNI as provided in this
Section VII. The Company shall not notify its customers or disclose the breach publicly, whether
voluntarily or under state or local law or these rules, until it has completed the process of notifying
law enforcement pursuant to Section VII.A.
As soon as practicable, and in no event later than seven (7) business days, after reasonable
determination of the breach, the Company shall electronically notify the United States Secret
Service (“USSS”) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) through a central reporting
facility. The internet link to the reporting facility that shall be used by the Company shall be that
maintained by the FCC at http://www.fcc.gov/eb/cpni.
Notwithstanding any state law to the contrary, the Company shall not notify customers or disclose
the breach to the public until 7 full business days have passed after notification to the USSS and
the FBI except if the Company believes that there is an extraordinarily urgent need to notify any
class of affected customers sooner than the seven (7) business days provided for in Section
VII.A, in order to avoid immediate and irreparable harm, the Company shall so indicate in its
notification and may proceed to immediately notify its affected customers only after consultation
with the relevant investigating agency. The Company shall cooperate with the relevant
investigating agency's request to minimize any adverse effects of such customer notification.
If the relevant investigating agency determines that public disclosure or notice to customers
would impede or compromise an ongoing or potential criminal investigation or national security,
such agency may direct the Company not to so disclose or notify for an initial period of up to 30
days. Such period may be extended by the agency as reasonably necessary in the judgment of
the agency. If such direction is given, the agency shall notify the Company when it appears that
public disclosure or notice to affected customers will no longer impede or compromise a criminal
investigation or national security. The agency shall provide in writing its initial direction to the
Company, any subsequent extension, and any notification that notice will no longer impede or
compromise a criminal investigation or national security and such writings shall be
contemporaneously logged on the same reporting facility that contains records of notifications
filed by the Company.
B.

Customer Notification

After the Company has completed the process of notifying law enforcement pursuant to Section
VII.A, the Company shall notify its customers of a breach of those customers' CPNI.
C.

Recordkeeping

The Company shall maintain a record, electronically or in some other manner, of any breaches
discovered, notifications made to the USSS and the FBI pursuant to Section VII.A, and
notifications made to customers pursuant to Section VII.B. The record shall include, if available,
dates of discovery and notification, a detailed description of the CPNI that was the subject of the
breach, and the circumstances of the breach. The Company shall retain the record for a minimum
of 2 years.

D.

Definitions

As used in this section, a “breach” has occurred when a person, without authorization or
exceeding authorization, has intentionally gained access to, used, or disclosed CPNI.

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